Woodworking Projects for Beginners

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Learning woodworking can be both thrilling and rewarding at the same time; however, in the beginning it will require a fair bit of time and patience to get good at it. The best way to learn woodworking is to start with simple projects that require minimal skills and basic hand tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, nails, handsaws, chisels and layout squares.

Make sure that you wear goggles, hand gloves and other protective clothing always when trying your woodworking projects.

1. Chopping Board
A cutting/chopping box is the ultimate beginner woodwork project. Building a cutting board requires no joinery skills or a lot of sophisticated tools yet offers a test in some of the fundamental woodworking skills. This project will be able to sharpen your measuring and cutting skills as well as refine your woodwork finishing touch skills.

You can begin by arming yourself with a handsaw, chisels, sandpaper, measuring rule and a can of paint or furniture varnish and get to work on this simple yet educative project.

2. Shelves

Building shelves gives a newbie the handle on putting finishing skills to wood. Shelves are simply slabs of timber that are tethered to the wall for holding appliances. This project shouldn’t be hard for a complete beginner at woodworking to successfully accomplish.

With a few hand tools and skills in polishing timber, anyone from a teen to an adult can make a shelf.

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3. A Simple Jewelry Box

Jewelry boxes come in many designs, but if you’re just getting started with woodworking, you may need to try your hands on a simple one. It is another one of those woodwork projects that does not need a lot of sophisticated skills or tools. With a single block of wood, a chisel, a bottle of glue, a vice and a pencil, you would be able to finish the project in approximately thirty minutes.

The box will have four walls, two side walls, a bottom and a top. Cut the four bits of timber, thin them accordingly and attach them to one another at an angle of 90 degrees. Hold them together with the vice as they dry. Add finishing touches and you are done.

For a more aesthetic and professional look, make sure your corners are a sharp 90 degrees by using a T-square. Adding a door with hinges will take more time but will earn you a major plus and an additional woodworking skill up your sleeve.

4. Window Box
For the city dwellers, window boxes add massive curb appeal to a home that might have looked drab and lifeless. They are also a good opportunity to practice some gardening without having to change from your sneakers and loafers to gumboots!

The good news is every newbie can build a functional window box within a matter of minutes.

All you need is a few skills in joinery, a measuring rule, pencil, handsaw, hammer, nails and screwdrivers to attach the window box to your house.

The materials for making the window box can be waste bits of timber collected from around the home.

5. A Simple Birdhouse

As a woodworking newbie, building a birdhouse is one of those challenging yet invigorating and thrilling tasks you can handle. It is also rewarding for those who might want to double as feathered pet lovers and keepers.

It is perfect project for both adult and children newbie woodworkers as it does not require working with sophisticated tools or skills. With a few joinery skills, a hammer, handsaw, screwdriver, hand drill, nails and a T-square, you will be more than armed to start building your first birdhouse.

The only twist with building a birdhouse is that every species will require a different style of birdhouse, but the fundamental skills required remain the same.

Other easy woodworking projects that a newbie should be able to handle include:

  • Building a CD rack
  • Walking stick
  • Bird feeders
  • Business card holders
  • Picture frames

2 Responses to “Woodworking Projects for Beginners”

  1. Barry says:

    Some interesting project ideas you’ve covered there. Just this weekend I gave the window box idea you suggested a go. while my daughter had a go at creating her own jewelry box, and while it took us both a fair bit of time to complete them with hers coming out looking better than mine! we really had a good time.

    Thanks for the inspiration Barry

  2. Shaun says:

    Glad to hear these ideas came in handy for you Barry. Feel free to browse the rest of the site and let me know if there’s anything I can help you with.


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